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Beware: fearmongering, scare tactics

We have said it before and will say it again, when it comes to funerals it’s a case of buyer beware.  Just when you would think that the most caring and understanding people  are only a phone call away, it … Continue reading

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Making peace with transience

And how do we keep a balanced outlook on life?   If you believe the song from Fiddler on the Roof, there is one word for it – TRADITION. And how do we keep ourselves from falling into the trap of being … Continue reading

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Coffin ready (tick). Not shying away from the fact we die

If the idea of having a coffin stashed away in the back shed freaks you out, then read no further. Because this coffin is not hidden away, it’s on show. This is the story about French-Australian Bertrand Cadart, who, by … Continue reading

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Women are challenging traditional funerary practices

Women have always been at the forefront when it comes to caring for the sick and dying. And there was also a time when women were front and centre of the death industry, though it was hardly called an industry … Continue reading

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You don’t have to sit in a lecture theatre to do this university course.

If you have ever felt the need to be part of a bigger conversation than the ones taking place in your neighbourhood or state or even Australia, then here’s an opportunity to be part of a world-wide discussion about death … Continue reading

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To die with or without help – a conversation

For something a bit different here is a post that links to the audio feed of a radio program. Josh Szeps (The People vs Death, ABC Radio National 15 September 2019) acts as the moderator of a conversation with a … Continue reading

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Mobile mourning

Only-in-America is usually how we describe the odd or quirky, but for this story the phrase reads only-in-Japan.  Will it catch on?  Will this be the start of a new trend? ‘In a first for Japan,’ reporter Alex Martin, in, Japan … Continue reading

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